Airbus expects engines of grounded A320neo aircraft to be replaced by April

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Published: March 1, 2019 4:15:51 AM

Airbus India’s president and MD said 95% of the retrofit job has been completed by Pratt & Whitney, which supplies engines for the A320neos

Low-cost carriers IndiGo and GoAir have been facing engine troubles on their A320neo fleet for more than a year now.

French plane manufacturer Airbus expects engines of grounded A320neos to be replaced by April, a top company executive said on Thursday.

Airbus India president and managing director Anand Stanley said 95% of the retrofit job has been completed by the US-based engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney, which supplies engines for the A320neos.

“There is commitment from P&W that retrofitting work will be completed by April. All the known and reported issues would be rectified by then,” Stanley told reporters at the sidelines of FICCI’s Wings 2019 summit.

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Stanley said there has been a significant drop in the problems with regard to P&W engines, by a factor of four, during the last 12 months.

Low-cost carriers IndiGo and GoAir have been facing engine troubles on their A320neo fleet for more than a year now. Several of their aircraft have had to be grounded due to mid-air shutdown of engines.

While market leader IndiGo has 71 A320neo aircraft in its fleet, Mumbai-based GoAir possesses 35 of the narrowbody jets.
Last month, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation forced airlines to make extra checks on their Airbus A320neo aircraft fitted with P&W engines, as part of new safety protocols.

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